NASA’s OSIRIS-REx officially has another mission. After dropping off a sample of asteroid Bennu, OSIRIS-REx will adopt a new name — OSIRIS-APEX — and jet off to a new asteroid destination. The spacecraft will study this second asteroid, Apophis, for 18 months. Several other NASA missions were also recently extended, including MAVEN, InSight, Lunar Reconnaisance Orbiter (LRO), Mars Science Laboratory, New Horizons, Mars Odyssey and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).
The all-private Ax-1 crew is safely back on Earth. Though they experienced several days of delays due to inclement weather, the four Ax-1 astronauts finally splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida. The crew reportedly conducted more than 25 science experiments during their time aboard the International Space Station, working on behalf of their partners, which included the Mayo Clinic and Montreal Children’s Hospital.